On Mobility and Context of Work: Exploring Mobile Police Work

Daniele Pica*, Carsten Sørensen, David Allen

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This article aims to propose some elements for a theory of mobility. Mobility is the structural attribute of an age that heavily relies on information and mobile devices as identified by observed, cross-contextual research. It pervades most work and social organizations in various cultural and institutional expressions. Organizational structures rely heavily on the relationships of construction and utilization of information and on the context of interaction of the various actors. This paper explores issues of mobility within work activities of two distinct roles in a police force in the UK. Departing from the concept of mobility as interaction, this article seeks to put forth a more comprehensive theory of how to study the phenomenon of mobility within work organizations and across various roles. It advances the idea that mobility is linked strongly to work conditions and that in order to increase such state within organizations, we must use a triangulated analysis to understand both the relation with the environment of work as well as the relation with information.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2004
EditorsRalph H. Sprague, Jr.
Number of pages11
Place of PublicationLos Alamitos, CA
Publication date2004
ISBN (Print)0769520561
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventHawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2004 - Big Island, Hawaii, United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20048 Jan 2004
Conference number: 37


ConferenceHawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Island, Hawaii
SponsorInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
SeriesProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

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